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Lights. Camera. Improv!

The French Academy today had a very full schedule! Students started off the day by practicing for the World Expo where they will show off our French dance to the other academies. Everyone can’t stop humming along to our new favorite song Onest là. During activity time our students made friendship bracelets, cooled off in the pool and went into town to enjoy some downtime after a full morning of classes. In the evening, we were lucky to have a French improv expert come and teach a seminar to us!

Comillas Academy Teacher Profile - Antonio Calvo

Antonio Calvo obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree and teaching certificate from the Universidad de Granada. He also completed his Master’s degree in the Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language at the Universidad Antonio de Nebrija in Madrid.  While still studying in Granada, Antonio collaborated with the Spanish language school Carmen de los Gatos, where he taught Spanish to foreign students and organized cultural enrichment activities.

Teacher Profile - Elizabeth Miras

Elizabeth is from Seville, the capital of Andalucía in the south of Spain. She has been involved in training teachers of Spanish as a Second Language (ELE) since 2000, and has participated in Spanish programs all over the world-China, USA, Morrocco and several others. Currently Elizabeth directs an online post-graduate course on the ELE teaching methodology for the University of Alcalá and UDIMA (a distance learning university in Madrid). 

Comillas Foundation

One of the recent visits that Academy students made was to the Comillas Foundation, the international center for the teaching of Spanish as a Second Language. Originally built as a Seminary for the underprivileged, it soon became a world-renowned Pontificial University, accredited directly by the Pope. In the mid-1960s, the academic activity was moved to Madrid, and the building finally fell into ruin.

Rhythm and Moves: How Music and Dance Supplement Learning

While the Field Day activity this past Saturday epitomized the spirit of friendly competition that characterizes inter-academy activities, other events both formal and informal, demonstrate how another theme - music - pervades life at MMLA. In the Spanish Academy, song and dance have been on the menu since the first day of classes.

Le Temps Libre: So Many Choices!

Activity time on Tuesday afternoon for the French Academy provided a few students with rousing competition and calming relaxation for others. Some students chose to release their artistic expression through decorating the French Academy banner with depictions of the Eiffel Tower and catchy French slogans. Across the street, peace and serenity were in order as wide-eyed students witnessed how their assembly room had been transformed into a space reminiscent of Parisian spa.

And the Cafeteria Music Battle Continues…

The heated competition over which language academy will dominate the Pomona cafeteria with music and choreography continues! Frary Dining Hall came alive yesterday when the Chinese Academy broke out into a dance routine that had everyone’s arms waving and feet stomping. Ellery, the Chinese Academy dorm head, led the group from the front with booming music and lots of singing. The Chinese Academy students really enjoyed their share of cafeteria limelight. Now we wait to see which Academy will try to one up us!

-Colin Edwards and Lindsay Call, Program Assistants

Freestylin’ During Free Time: The Chinese Academy’s Pool Day

With summer days reaching up to 100 degrees, Language Academy students seek every opportunity to cool off by taking a dip in the two outdoor pools on the Pomona College campus. The Haldeman pool is available for student use in the mornings before breakfast and during free time in the afternoons. This 50 meter by 25 yard Olympic-sized pool has lanes set up for lap swimming, two water polo goals and two large diving boards for the more daring students. This morning, I accompanied three of my students (Noah, A.J. and William) to the pool for an early morning swim.

Pardonnez-Moi! Learning French Social Conventions

The French Academy beat the heat again with almost half of the students spending their activity period at the pool for a well-deserved dip after a long day of classes. The theme of the day began at morning assembly where students debated the importance of using vous  instead of tu when addressing a police officer. Conversations did not stop there though as the cafeteria buzzed with discussion on the topic of the day, social do’s and don’ts. Students were especially careful to accompany each burp and belch with a pardon.

¿Qué Te Pasa, Calabaza?

Tuesday began with laughter and energy, as some of our boys presented a sketch of comical social interactions. These included finding a seat in the dining hall, secret handshakes and overbearing greetings. The crowd favorite, however, was definitely “how (not) to talk to a girl”.

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